I have several likely exit directions and at least one basically-solid offer on the table. So I'm gonna be fine. I'm intentionally not actually getting a new job yet. Because how often do you get paid to work on your own stuff for a month?
Recruiters are... increasingly funny. It makes sense that you send recruiters mostly after commodity people. I get that they have a vested interest in not admitting that. But I'm at the point where I can navigate those conversations better.